A lot was accomplished at Indian Hills on Saturday June 7th, under the leadership of Dragoon Benny Harris and with lots of sweaty work by Dragoons. 1Lt Cmdr Harold Grooms set the example with his energetic, non-stop piling of wood on the burn pile, inspired by the memory of his uncle, who "showed him how" to work when Harold was a boy. Our thanks go to Lt Cmdr Grooms, 2Lt Cmdr Chris Booth, Larry Spears, Wayne Sutherland, Tyrone Crowley and his brother Tom, and Allen Herrod for their part in the day's labors.
As mentioned before, this cemetery contains the graves of some Confederate soldiers, among them Lt A Y Smith who received the first Dragoon flag from Abigail Holt at the location of the Dragoons monuments back in April 1861. Still a lot of work to do, but a terrific start to the restoration of the historic Indian Hills Cemetery.
From the Montgomery Advertiser of June 13, 2014 story written by Prattville Dragoons 1st Lt Harold Grooms -
Dragoons attack Indian Hills
This time it wasn't with muskets and bayonets, but with chain saws, weed eaters, axes, etc.
The Prattville Dragoons Camp 1524, Sons of Confederate Veterans "attacked" Indian Hills Cemetery Saturday, June 7 in an effort to reclaim it from the carpetbagging and scalawagging kudzu and other "enemy" forces infesting the area.
Indian Hills serves as the final resting place of numerous Confederate veterans many of whom served in the ranks of the original Prattville Dragoons, the unit organized and equipped by Daniel Pratt. Lt.
A.Y. Smith who received the unit colors from Miss Abby Holt as the unit marched off to war is one of the many interred there.
While the battle is far from over, the first skirmish clearly belonged to us!
|1st Lt Grooms Helping Light Brush Fire|
|Adjutant Wayne Sutherland Cleans Grave Site|
|2nd Lt Chris Booth Cleans Brush and Undergrowth|
|Comm Ofc Tyrone Crowley and Neighbor James Buckley Gather Debris|
|Allen Herrod with his Equipment at the Cemetery Cleanup|
|Project Leader Benny Harris with other Dragoons|